BJP asks PM for probe into reports on allotment of spectrum

Taking note of reports that CAG is investigating the loss of nearly Rs 2 lakh crore in the allotment of scarce S-band spectrum, BJP asked PM to clear the air, initiate an inquiry and take steps to recover the lost revenue.

Last Updated: Feb 07, 2011, 21:07 PM IST

New Delhi: Taking note of reports that CAG is
investigating the loss of nearly Rs 2 lakh crore in the
allotment of scarce S-band spectrum, BJP today asked Prime
Minister to clear the air, initiate an inquiry and take steps
to recover the lost revenue.

"This whole affair is vitiated by fraud. And as a result,
this country is facing not only loss of revenue but frittering
away of valuable national asset which is a rare spectrum," BJP
spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.
A newspaper report claimed CAG is investigating the
allotment of 70 MHz from the available 2500 MHz of S-band
spectrum to Devas multimedia for 20 years. The company is
owned by M G Chandrasekhar, former Scientific Secretary at
ISRO.

BJP demanded this agreement be immediately nullified
and the spectrum space given to the private user be recovered.

"Secondly, we demand a comprehensive inquiry to establish
the criminality in the whole matter. We also demand recovery
of the lost revenue," Sitharaman said.
The party alleged this is a "very serious scandal" as it
involves a "very unique and rare" spectrum. It also said since
the Department of Space is directly under the Prime Minister,
he should immediately clarify his stand on the whole issue.

"The spectrum we are talking about is 5-G which relates
to GHz. Recently, BSNL and MTNL were alloted only 20 MHz for
Rs 12,487 Crore. But for allocation of 70 MHz to this private
operator, the government is charging only Rs 1,000 Crore,"
Sitharaman said.

Meanwhile, the office of CAG has clarified that its
investigations into the issue are at a preliminary stage and
the media reports should not be treated as findings of this
department.

PTI

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